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Meet the Jeopardy! Tournament of Champions Class of 2021... and Their All-Star Host
From Sony PR

Former Jeopardy! Champion Buzzy Cohen is returning to the show to guest host the upcoming Tournament of Champions, set to air May 17-28.

Cohen, who was given the nickname “Mr. Personality” by Alex Trebek, became a fan favorite in 2016, winning $164,603 over the course of 9 games. He returned in 2017 to win the Tournament of Champions and in 2019 as a team captain for the All-Star Games. This year’s appearance will mark Cohen’s retirement as a contestant as he will no longer be eligible to compete after his stint as guest host.

“Buzzy has been where each of these champions is, so we think it’ll be comforting for the contestants to see a familiar face behind the lectern,” Jeopardy! Executive Producer Mike Richards said. “We will miss seeing him compete, but we look forward to seeing how he uses his quick wit and personality as guest host.”

Fifteen of Jeopardy!’s top competitors who won the most games between the last Tournament of Champions in 2019 and the end of 2020, as well as the most recent Teachers Tournament and College Championship winners, will be vying for the $250,000 grand prize in this year’s tournament. And they are...

- Ryan Bilger: Macungie, PA; 4-day champion; $107,049
- Karen Farrell: Woodbridge, VA; 8-day champion; 159,603
- Ryan Hemmel: Los Angeles; 4-day champion; $104,526
- Ben Henri; St. Clair Shores, MI; Teachers Champion; $100,000
- Sarah Jett Rayburn: Hutto; TX; 4-day champion; $89,300
- Mackenzie Jones: Tulsa; 8-day champion; $204,808
- Sam Kavanaugh: Minneapolis; 5-day champion; $156,202
- Steve Moulds: Louisville, KY; 3-day champion; $85,603
- Jennifer Quail: Dowagiac, MI; 8-day champion; $228,800
- Nibil Sarma: Eden Prairie, MN; College Champion; $100,000
- Paul Trifiletti: Athens, GA; 5-day champion; $106,801
- Veronica Vichit-Vadakan: Portland, OR; 4-day champion; $89,001
- Kevin Walsh: orig. Williamstown, NJ; 5-day champion; $111,301
- Andy Wood: orig. Ann Arbor, MI; 4-day champion: $91,999
- Jason Zuffranieri: Albuquerque, NM; 19-day champion: $532,496

The second and third prize winners will receive $100,000 and $50,000, respectively. The $250,000 grand prize will be matched and donated to the Hope of the Valley Trebek Center for the Homeless, which will assist up to 300 people per year with shelter, intensive case management, mental health services, job training and placement, substance abuse counseling, housing navigation, life skill training and medical care.

Sadly, Brayden Smith, a five-game champ who earned a spot in the championships, passed away in February. His absence will be acknowledged during the tournament.

The prestigious 10-day event is divided into three segments: quarterfinals, semifinals, and finals. During the first week of the tournament, three contestants will compete each day in the quarterfinals. Winners of the quarterfinals - as well as four Wild Card players who hold the highest scores among non-winners - will all advance into the semifinals during the second week of the tournament. The three players who win the semifinals will face off in the two-day finals for the Grand Champion title and the $250,000 payday.


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posted 4/16/2021

Season 2 of HBOMax Competition Launches May 6
From the Futon Critic

HBO Max will debut the second season of LEGENDARY on THURSDAY, MAY 6.

Vulture hailed the ballroom competition as "a master class in creativity and showmanship" and the series vogue challenge ignited TikTok with over 3 billion views. MC Dashaun Wesley along with judges Leiomy Maldonado, Jameela Jamil, Law Roach and Grammy(R) winner Megan Thee Stallion will crown the last house standing with the help of guest judges including Tiffany Haddish, Taraji P. Henson, Amiyah Scott, Nicco Annan, Normani, Adam Lambert and Demi Lovato.

This season features ten new houses igniting the catwalk to battle for the legendary trophy and the $100,000 cash prize. Each episode is a themed extravaganza to see who will be named superior house and move one step closer to becoming "Legendary."

LEGENDARY is produced by Scout Productions.

You can view key art and the trailer on the link below.

The Futon Critic

posted 4/16/2020

How to Make It In America. In Australia.
Chris Culvenor on Expanding Eureka Productions
From Deadline

Eureka Productions has been on a roll recently, picking up orders for series such as a Magic Mike competition series at HBO Max and an adaptation of 1980s videogame Frogger at Peacock.

But the unexpected boom for the business, which produces Holey Moley for ABC, has been having a sizeable production division in Australia during the last twelve months. The company has been able to take advantage of the fact that Covid has been much less prevalent down under, allowing it to shoot a number of U.S. shows in Sydney. It filmed a reboot of Name That Tune, hosted by 30 Rock’s Jane Krakowski, for Fox, is filming Frogger and another, yet to be announced show, in the country, during the pandemic.

“It was so circumstantially great that we had an Australian arm – we look like geniuses but it was completely happenstance that we had a huge production entity in a place where Covid was practically non-existent,” co-CEO Chris Culvenor told Deadline.

The practicalities of being able to shoot with limited risk of shutdown and limited risk of Covid and protocols mean you can have audiences and people hugging and cheering. Never when I started Eureka would I ever have imagined shooting a Fox gameshow at Sydney Convention Center, but nothing was normal last year.”


posted 4/16/2020

THURSDAY: Steady As She Goes
ABC Wins, Splits Total with NBC
From TV Line

In the latest TV show ratings, ABC’s Rebel in Week 2 drew 3.5 million total viewers and a 0.5 demo rating, veritably matching its premiere numbers.

Opening ABC’s night, Station 19 (4.9 mil/0.7) and Grey’s Anatomy (4.9 mil/0.9) were both steady, with the latter claiming the Thursday demo win.


NBC | Manifest (3.2 mil.0.5) stabilized, wile SVU (4.5 mil/0.8) dipped. Organized Crime (4.3 mil/0.6) slipped for a second straight week, and is now down 46 and 62 percent from its boffo launch.

CBS | Young Sheldon (7.1 mil/0.7), Mom (5.3 mil/0.6) and B Positive (4 mil/0.5) all added eyeballs while steady in the demo. United States of Al (5.3 mil/0.5) dipped.

THE CW | Walker (1.15 mil.0.2) and Legacies (540K/0.1) were steady.

FOX | Hell’s Kitchen (2.7 mil/0.7), Last Man Standing (2.4 mil/0.4) and The Moodys (1.2 mil/0.3) all added a few eyeballs while steady in the demo.

Cable numbers for Thursday....
- Wipeout (TBS): 861k/0.27
- Beat Bobby Flay (Food): 832k/0.21
- Top Chef Portland (SP/Bravo): 748k/0.24
- Battlebots: Bounty Hunters (P/Discovery): 577k/0.11
- People Puzzler (GSN): 377k/0.04

TV Line
Showbuzz Daily

posted 4/16/2021

Happy Friday Lightning Round
... or "Prelude to the Cooper"

  • Anderson Cooper makes peace with his past before his future (THe Wrap) PLUS Aaron Rodgers is not the first football game show host. And he won't be the last... isn't that right, PEyton? (ESPN).

  • A former "Who Wants to Be a Superhero" contestant lays into Joe Rogan... And it. Is. Not. Pretty (Heavy TRIGGER WARNING)

  • LIST ABUSE: American Idol runner-ups ranked (Insider)

  • YOU CAN'T MAKE THIS $#*! UP!: Pat Sajak nearly gives the game away. (KPEL-FM Lafayette)

posted 4/15/2021

Come Host with Me
Philip Lawrence to Host CBS' Dance Off
From Deadline

CBS is continuing to set the stage for its upcoming dance competition series Come Dance with Me.

The network has set Philip Lawrence, best known for his songwriting partnership with Bruno Mars, as host of the show.

Lawrence, who recently starred in Netflix’s Christmas film Jingle Jangle, which he co-wrote and co-produced the music, has been a co-writer and co-producer with the Grenade star for a number of years. He has won eight Grammys including Album of the Year for Mars’ 24K Magic and performed with Mars at the Super Bowl halftime show.

He also runs CMNTY Culture, a music and entertainment company which includes a record label that operates out of Lawrence’s recording studio, The Record Plant.


The Futon Critic

posted 4/15/2020

WEDNESDAY: Getting Tough
Fox Wins with Masked Singer, Game of Talent
From The Futon Critic

FOX (3.746 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.9, #1) was the network to beat on Wednesday thanks to fresh installments of "The Masked Singer" (4.797 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.1, #1) and "Game of Talents" (2.694 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T2).

NBC (3.579 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.5, #2) took home the silver despite repeats of "Chicago Med" (3.663 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T5), "Chicago Fire" (3.810 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T5) and "Chicago PD" (3.265 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T8).

Next up was ABC (2.916 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.4, #3) with originals from "The Goldbergs" (3.235 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T2), "Home Economics" (2.878 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T8), "The Conners" (3.780 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T2), "Call Your Mother" (2.554 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T10) and "A Million Little Things" (2.524 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T10).

Meanwhile, CBS (2.265 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.3, #4) offered up the season finale of "Tough as Nails" (3.208 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T5) alongside repeats of "United States of Al" (1.967 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T10), another "United States of Al" (1.821 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T13) and "S.W.A.T." (1.693 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T13).

And finally, week two of "Kung Fu" (1.373 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T13) and a new "Nancy Drew" (0.627 million viewers, #16; adults 18-49: 0.1, #16) on The CW (1.000 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.2, #5) closed out the night.

Cable numbers for Wednesday....
- The Challenge: Double Agents (MTV): 929k/0.53
- Forged in Fire (History): 752k/0.15
- Guy's Grocery Games Delivery (Food): 731k/0.25
- Ultimate Cowboy Showdown (INSP) 571k/0.05

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

posted 4/15/2021

Ellen HEads to HBO Max
"Next Great Designer" Launches April 22
From TV Line

Ellen DeGeneres is parlaying her love of design into a new reality series for HBO Max.

The streamer on Thursday released a trailer for Ellen’s Next Great Designer (premiering Thursday, April 22), a six-episode competition that gives “uniquely talented, up-and-coming furniture designers the chance to push their creativity to the limit” for the chance to win $100,000.

Due to the pandemic, “the designers will compete in innovative furniture-making challenges from studios in their hometowns, with DeGeneres appearing in each episode to surprise and delight the contestants and the judges,” according to the official logline.

TV’s Scott Foley (Scandal) serves as host and judge. At one point in the teaser, a contestant sees Foley for the first time and squeals, “Oh my God! It’s Noel from Felicity!” Additional judges include interior designer Brigette Romanek and contemporary artist/designer Fernando Mastrangelo.

All told, seven contestants are set to compete in Season 1, including Cristina Antonio, Arielle Assouline-Lichten and Erica Sellers in New York City; Alejandro Artigas in Los Angeles; Mark Grattan in New Hope, Pa.; Paul Jeffrey in Phoenix, Ariz.; and Urvi Sharma in Providence, R.I., who specialize in using wood, metal, stone, fabric, glass and other materials for their creations.

The first two episodes of Ellen’s Next Great Designer will drop on launch day. Subsequent episodes will unspool weekly.

TV Line

posted 4/15/2020

Zach "ZHC" Hsieh Looking for "Instant Influencer" for YouTube
In Other News, YouTube Has a Show Called "Instant Influencer"
From the Futon Critic

YouTube Originals today announced that YouTube Creator and artist, Zach 'ZHC' Hsieh (20M Subscribers), will host a new version of the popular competition series "Instant Influencer," premiering later this year.

The next iteration of the eight-part series will follow a new format where 10 up-and-coming artists will compete for the coveted title and a $100,000 prize.

"We are excited to expand upon the beauty and make-up themes of the first season and introduce a more diverse cast of competitors that are artists in a variety of different mediums," said Susanne Daniels, Global Head of Original Content, YouTube. "It was always our vision to incorporate different artistic points of view into the series and we can't wait for viewers to see all new forms of creative expression."

"I am super excited to host season 2 of 'Instant Influencer,'" said Zach 'ZHC' Hsieh. "I'm so grateful for this huge opportunity given to me by YouTube to pay it forward to other up and coming artists. I can't wait to show everyone our first YouTube Originals show!" "This is a pivotal moment for Zach to take his career to the next level," added Michael Gordon, executive producer and Hsieh's manager at Night Media.

"We couldn't have chosen better partners than the Brian Graden and the YouTube Originals team - we are incredibly excited to see the end product."

"Instant Influencer" season two host, Zach 'ZHC' Hsieh, is best known for videos showcasing his creative designs on everything from traditional canvases to phones, cars, and even houses. ZHC and a mix of celebrity guest judges, as well as seasoned industry veterans, will ask contestants to put their best creativity and artistry on display through a variety of challenges, such as a 10-hour painting endurance challenge to a collaboration challenge seeing who has what it takes to make the most unique and engaging video with another top YouTube creator. Their work will be judged to see who has what it takes to be a top creative influencer and be crowned the title of Instant Influencer.

Casting begins today, Thursday, April 15, lasting for 2 weeks. Artists can apply to be on the show at https://zhccasting.castingcrane.com/.

Episodes of the new competition series will release weekly and be available for free on ZHC's Official YouTube Channel later this year.

The Futon Critic

posted 4/15/2020

THursday Lightning Round
... or "The Fallout"

  • Colton Underwood gets support from us... and Billy Eichner (Deadline) ... and he who shall not be named (Reality TV World). Cassie? She's... still processing it? (US Weekly)

  • Jameela Jamil to host the Webbys (Deadline)

  • Byron Allen joins the board of the National Association of Broadcasters (Deadline)

  • LIST ABUSE the 25 greatest game shows according to.. (Entertainment Weekly)

posted 4/15/2021

Tough As Nails Works Overtime
CBS Renews for Two More Seasons
From Deadline

CBS is continuing to get its hands dirty with its non-scripted slate.

The network has handed a bumper, two-season renewal to its fledgling reality series Tough as Nails. The Season 3 and 4 renewal comes ahead of tonight’s Season 2 finale for the competition series.

The show celebrates everyday Americans who get their workout on the job rather than the gym, wear work boots instead of workout shoes and consider the calluses on their hands a badge of honor.

It was created by The Amazing Race’s Phil Keoghan, who also hosts, and his producing partner Louise Keoghan. The pair exec produce the series alongside Anthony Carbone and it is produced by Raquel Productions in association with Tough House Productions.


The Hollywood Reporter
The Futon Critic

posted 4/14/2020

TUESDAY: No NCIS, No Problem!
Fox, NBC Tied Up in the Demo, CBS Wins on Total
From TV Line

FOX (2.686 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T1) and NBC (3.439 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T1) share in the demo honors on Tuesday as the former offered up the return of "The Resident" (3.398 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T3) and "Prodigal Son" (1.973 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T5).

The latter then served up originals from "Young Rock" (2.792 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.6, #2), "Kenan" (1.974 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T5), "This Is Us" (4.628 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.7, #1) and "New Amsterdam" (3.306 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T5).

Next up was CBS (4.322 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T3) with its repeat lineup of "NCIS" (5.419 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T5), "FBI" (4.221 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T5) and "FBI: Most Wanted" (3.327 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T12).

Meanwhile, ABC (3.046 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T3) offered up a new "Pooch Perfect" (2.442 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T5) alongside the return of "Big Sky" (3.455 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T3) and a second "Big Sky" (3.240 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T5).

And finally, fresh installments from "The Flash" (0.925 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T12) and "Supergirl" (0.580 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.1, #14) on The CW (0.753 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.2, #5) rounded out the evening.

Cable numbers for Tuesday....
- Chopped (Food): 833k/0.20

- Temptation Island (USA): 509k/0.19
- Chain Reaction (GSN): 462k/0.05
- People Puzzler (GSN): 418k/0.05
- Nick Cannon Presents Wild'n Out - 8p (VH1): 277k/0.13
- Nick Cannon Presents Wild'n Out - 8:30p (VH1): 275k/0.15

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

posted 4/14/2021

HGTV Beached
Battle of the Beach Premieres 2021
From The Futon Critic

Cameras are rolling on HGTV's newest competition series Battle on the Beach where network stars Taniya Nayak (Restaurant Impossible), Ty Pennington (Rock the Block), and Alison Victoria (Windy City Rehab) will each mentor three teams of up-and-coming flippers as they renovate identical beachfront properties. The mentors will put their reputations on the line each week while star judges Mike Holmes (Holmes + Holmes) and Mina Starsiak Hawk (Good Bones) will choose which team wins the featured weekly challenge. The team who adds the most value to their home will walk away with a $50,000 grand prize to use towards their next flip, and their mentor will have ultimate bragging rights. The competition will play out over the course of six hour-long episodes premiering in the summer of 2021.

"The stakes are sky high with a beachfront renovation, and this competition will push some of HGTV's most seasoned experts to the limit," said Jane Latman, president, HGTV. "The competitors will get the unique opportunity to have our star mentors guide them through the challenges of a large-scale renovation while they fight to win some big cash."

For Battle on the Beach show updates, fans can visit HGTV.com and follow @HGTV on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram as well as @taniyanayak, @thetypenington, @thealisonvictoria, @make_it_right, and @mina_starsiak_hawk on Instagram.

The Futon Critic

posted 4/14/2021


More on "Capital One College Bowl"
Peyton Manning Hosts for NBC June 22
From The Futon Critic

NBC is set to reignite some of the nation's greatest college and university rivalries in the ultimate battle of brains in the new summer series "Capital One College Bowl," premiering on Tuesday, June 22 at 10 p.m. ET/PT. Hosted by Peyton Manning, with his brother Cooper Manning serving as sidekick, the series challenges college students out of the classroom and puts their knowledge to the test as they compete for academic scholarships.

From Universal Television Alternative Studio, a division of Universal Studio Group, and Village Roadshow Television, the series is a reboot of the classic Emmy and Peabody Award-winning "College Bowl" that previously aired on NBC in the U.S., and for decades has been part of campus life at colleges and universities around the world.

In each episode of "Capital One College Bowl," teams of three representing some of the nation's top schools will battle it out in a bracketed tournament over four rounds. Teams must work together to answer questions on a wide variety of subjects. The top two schools advance to the final where they compete head-to-head for the Capital One College Bowl trophy and a scholarship to put toward their education. Participating schools include University of Alabama, Auburn University, Columbia University, University of Michigan, University of Minnesota, Ole Miss, Morehouse College, University of Tennessee, University of Southern California, UCLA, University of Virginia and Xavier of Louisiana.

In partnership with Capital One, all competitors will receive tuition assistance for participating in the series, but members from the winning team will take home an even bigger scholarship in addition to becoming the "Capital One College Bowl" champions. Capital One is providing a total of $1 million in scholarships to participants, including special recognition for the series' Capital One Merit Award recipients. The Capital One Merit Award will be given to four students who have made an impact outside of the competition in recognition of their proven character, leadership abilities, and involvement in extracurricular activities that benefit the community. Capital One serves as an integral partner for the series ensuring no student will go home empty-handed.

The Futon Critic

TV Line
Awful Announcing

posted 4/14/2020

MIPTV: Day 1
Deals Made for 1%, Love Island
From Deadline

‘Love Island’ Travels To Czech Republic & Slovakia: ITV Studios is to adapt its hit reality series Love Island for TV Nova in Czech Republic and Markiza in Slovakia. It will premiere in the fall on TV Nova/Markiza streamer VOYO. The deal marks the 21st adaptation of the format, which airs on ITV in the UK and CBS in the U.S. The Czech and Slovak version will be produced by Paprika Studios at the ITV Studios production hub on Gran Canaria. “We have been fans of the format and look forward to giving our audiences in both markets a chance to escape to the beautiful and exotic Canary Islands, filled with love, romance and fun,” said Silvia Majeská, programming director, TV Nova and Markíza.

‘The 1% Club’ Heads To Israel: BBC Studios has licensed game show format The 1% Club to Kan 11 in Israel. Created by Magnum Media for ITV in the UK, the format tests the nation’s intelligence, based on a scientific survey. It will be adapted into a 15-part series by Kan, with production commencing in August for a 2022 premiere. BBC Studios has previously sold the show to French public broadcaster France Television. The UK version, hosted by Lee Mack, is yet to even air on ITV after the coronavirus pandemic has delayed production.


C21 Media

posted 4/14/2020

Wednesday Lightning Round
... or "Colton Underwood Speaks"

  • Colton Underwood comes out (TV Live) and goes to Netflix (Deadline)

  • CASTING COUCH: You Bet Your Life (Twitter)

  • WYatt Pike left on "Idol"... and now he's talking about it. (TV Line)

posted 4/14/2021


Come Dance with Jenna
Former "World of Dance" Host to Judge CBS' New Series
From Deadline

CBS’ Come Dance With Me is starting to make its way to the dancefloor.

The entertainment format, which is exec produced by NCIS: Los Angeles stars LL Cool J and Chris O’Donnell, has set World of Dance host Jenna Dewan as one of the judges for the series, Deadline reports.

Dewan has a long history with dance; she started her career as a backup dancer for Janet Jackson and starred as Nora Clark in 2006 feature Step Up. In addition to hosting NBC’s World of Dance for the first two seasons and featuring as a guest mentor in season three, she hosted Fox’s adaptation of British dance format Flirty Dancing.

Her recent scripted roles include as Joanna in Netflix’s musical drama Soundtrack, which was created by Josh Safran.

Dewan is also a producer, founding her own production company Everheart Productions in 2017 and is an exec producer on Lionsgate TV adaptation of Step Up, which recently moved from YouTube to Starz.


The Futon Critic

posted 4/13/2021


MONDAY: Paula Abdul Returns to "American Idol"
NBC, ABC Tie in the Demo; Peacock Takes Overall
From Deadline

American Idol‘s Luke Bryan is set to miss out on the ABC competition series’ first live show of the season after contracting Covid-19. He will be replaced by original American Idol judge Paula Abdul for the episode.

Country singer Bryan, who joined the ABC series at the top of its 16th season, revealed the news on social media.

“I’m sad to say I won’t be a part of tonight’s first live @americanidol show,” he wrote. “I tested positive for Covid but I’m doing well and look forward to being back at it soon.”

NBC (4.655 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T1) was the most-watched network on Monday thanks to new episodes of "The Voice" (5.637 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T1) and "Debris" (2.692 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T5).

ABC (4.240 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T1) shared in the demo honors with a new "American Idol" (4.240 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T1) and a rebroadcast of "Rebel" (2.242 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T9).

Next up was CBS (4.476 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.5, #3) with the return of "The Neighborhood" (4.789 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.6, #3), "Bob (Hearts) Abishola" (4.545 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.5, #4), "All Rise" (3.723 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T5) and "Bull" (5.037 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T5).

Meanwhile, FOX (1.750 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.4, #4) offered up a repeat "9-1-1" (1.968 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T5) and the season finale of "America's Most Wanted" (1.532 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T9).

And finally, The CW (0.551 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.2, #5) likewise had the return of "All American" (0.706 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.2, #11) and "Black Lightning" (0.396 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.1, #12).

Cable numbers for Monday....
- Rock the Block (HGTV): 2.009m/0.32
- Spring Baking Championship (Food): 860k/0.18
- People Puzzler (GSN): 456k/0.04
- Cakealikes (OBP/Food): 440k/0.13
- The Big Bake (Food): 399k/0.10
- Race to the Center of the Earth (NatGeo): 217k/0.05

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posted 4/13/2021

Sony Pictures TV Studios

SYNDIES: Week 26
Results for the Week Ending April 4
From TV News Check

Most of the top syndicated shows slipped under the weight of preemptions in the session April 4, with some reporting their lowest levels ever. News coverage of opening arguments in the Derek Chauvin trial and the attack at a U.S. Capitol checkpoint as well as the regional round of March Madness and a rain-delayed NASCAR race hampered strips, especially those cleared on network affiliates.

On the positive side, Dr. Phil emerged as the only first-run strip to overcome the general downdraft. Despite plenty of preemptions, the good doctor still rose 7% from the week before to a 1.6 live-plus-same-day national Nielsen rating and tied the red-hot Live with Kelly and Ryan for first place in talk.

In access, the survey said Family Feud topped the game shows and all of syndication for a third straight week although it slid 6% to a 5.1. Jeopardy continued to erode with Dr. Oz at the podium for a second weekly stint, skidding 6% to a 4.9, its lowest rating of calendar year 2021. That landed the former TV home of the late, great Alex Trebek in a second-place tie with Wheel of Fortune, which was flat at a 4.9.

Future guest hosts as the show works out a permanent succession plan include Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers, “60 Minutes” correspondent Bill Whitaker and “Call Me Kat” star Mayim Bialik. The show will make a donation to a charity of each host’s choosing in an amount equal to the contestants’ cumulative winnings during their respective week of episodes.

In the household rating rankings that follow, % change is from the previous week; * indicates a new season-high rating; ** indicates a new season low; NC indicates no change from the previous week; NA mean not applicable.

- Family Feud (Debmar-Mercury/FMNA) 5.1 -6%
- Jeopardy (CMV) 4.9 -6%
- Wheel of Fortune (CMV) 4.9 NC
- 25 Words or Less (Fox) 0.7 NC
- Funny You Should Ask (Entertainment Studios) 0.4 NC

The Deseret News
TV Newscheck
The Wrap

posted 4/13/2021

Pepsi Tries Dating Next
MTV to Air "Match Me If You Can"
From Mashed

Perhaps tired of coming in second to Coke in the cola wars for over a century, Pepsi's evidently got a side gig going on. Not only has their FOX Entertainment quiz show Cherries Wild drawn ... well, not a great amount of viewers, according to TV Series Finale (then again, not bad for an extended commercial), but they're now expanding their game-show repertoire to include a new dating show to be aired on MTV. Take that, Coca-Cola!

The new Pepsi show, Match Me If You Can, is meant to promote the "unexpected perfect match" that Pepsi and mango flavoring is alleged to be. While Pepsi has introduced other tropical fruit flavors in the past, Pepsi Mango, debuting in 2019 as a limited edition release, was recently added to the permanent lineup in both regular and sugar-free versions. So, it seems that quite a few people do like it. According to a statement received by Mashed, the matching TV show, which may or may not achieve similar levels of popularity, is set to hit the air next week.

According to Pepsi, this show will involve taking contestants from eight different reality shows and utilizing some gizmo called the "Mango Matchmaker" to pair and re-pair them. They'll be sent on "epic dates" that seem to involve the usual mix of bucolic picnics, steamy swimming pool scenes, cuddling by the campfire, and all that stuff. One interesting twist not in the standard reality dating repertoire: according to the YouTube trailer, same-sex matches are also on the table. The host will be Lauren Hamilton of Netflix's Love is Blind, while the daters will be Ashley Brooke Mitchell, Eric Bigger, Harry Jowsey, Onyeka Ehie, Natalie Negrotti, Kyra Green, Joey Sasso, and Kylie Smith — all reality TV serial contestants well-versed in looking for love in all the wrong places including The Bachelor, Love Island, Are You The One, and The Challenge.

Will any or all of them find romance? Do they actually have to drink Pepsi Mango if they prefer regular Pepsi instead? Will they get kicked off the show if anyone finds out that they're secret Coke drinkers? All this and more will (or won't) be revealed on the show which debuts in a series of commercial break takeovers during the April 21st finale of The Challenge: Double Agents Season 36. The show airs at 8 PM ET, and you can catch all of the episodes on MTV's YouTube channel as well as on the platform Pluto.


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posted 4/13/2021

A Cutting Hedge Competition
"Clipped" to Arrive on discovery+
From the Futon Critic

Gardening fans need to plant themselves in front of their tablets, smartphones, laptops or television monitors on Wednesday, May 12, when discovery+ drops a special 90-minute premiere episode of Clipped, the first competition series set in the spectacular world of topiary. Hosted by actor Michael Urie, the six-episode series follows seven real life "Edward Scissorhands" who create breathtaking sculptures out of meticulously trimmed shrubbery, plants and flowers - designing colorful, larger-than-life, living works of art.

Throughout the series, competitors will face high-stakes challenges and have their topiary masterpieces evaluated by lead judge and gardening icon Martha Stewart (HGTV's Martha Knows Best) and an expert panel of judges, including critically acclaimed landscape architect Fernando Wong and lifestyle, landscape and horticultural expert Chris Lambton (HGTV's Going Yard). Each week they decide who makes the cut, who gets clipped, and, in the end, who is crowned as the top topiarist who wins $50,000 cash and bragging rights as the first-ever Clipped champion.

New episodes of Clipped will launch each Wednesday on discovery+.

"It's colorful, bold, playful, and it's alive. It's topiary - the art of transforming ordinary plants into extraordinary, living sculptures shapes and characters," said host Michael Urie. "And now, for the first time ever, seven top topiary artists are taking part in a competition like no other."

"We've selected the best and brightest event designers, botanical designers and artists from around the country to wow fans in the ultimate topiary showdown," said Bob Kirsh, vice president, programming and development, HGTV. "It's remarkable to watch talented people transform plants and flowers with this incredibly creative art form."

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posted 4/13/2021

Spicks & Specks Returns to Australia
Catch It Sunday!

This Sunday, Spicks and Specks returns to our screens for the first episode of its return season.

It will be the first time in a decade that fans will get a full season from the original cast of the ABC music quiz show, though it might look and feel a little different.

The show was filmed in Melbourne in 2020, which meant dealing with the same kinds of restrictions that other programs with live audiences were forced to contend with.

"We were really restrained by a number of things," team captain Alan Brough recently told Double J's Zan Rowe. "But, because of those restraints, we were given such wonderful freedom.

"We had no audience, so it became more of a dinner party. A lot of people used to say to me, '[Spicks and Specks] is like a dinner party that I'd love to be at'. I'd go 'Yeah, but it goes on for five hours mate. Calm down.'

"But we got so many lovely, interesting artists, who we would never normally have had on."

Without a crowd to please, there was no need to shoot for the biggest names in the business, though it sounds like there are a few heavy hitters in the mix.

"We had Alex Lahey, we had Gordi, we had The Teskey Brothers, we had just wonderful people on that we might not normally have had on, that just gave us such a breath of fresh air."

101.7 WSFM Sydney

posted 4/13/2021

Warners' Cake Is a Lie
"Sokkuri Sweets" Comes from Nippon TV
From the Hollywood Reporter

Shortly ahead of MIPTV, Warner Bros. International Television Production (WBITVP) picked up the right to develop and produce Japanese broadcaster Nippon TV's hit gameshow format Sokkuri Sweets.

WBITVP has acquired exclusive rights to produce a local version of Sokkuri Sweets in the Netherlands, and WBITVP’s production company BlazHoffski has already started production on the adaptation. The Dutch version will be called Showcolade and will air on NPO1, the top-rated public broadcast channel in the Netherlands. Showcolade will begin broadcast ever Sunday in prime-time beginning April 18.

The Sokkuri Sweets format was famously acquired in the U.S. by Jeffrey Katzenberg's Quibi for a show to be hosted by Chrissy Teigen — before the start-up, short-form streaming service crashed and burned last year.

"Sokkuri" means "spitting image" in Japanese. The wacky and wildly popular Japanese game show features celebrities trying to spot sweets and pastries that have been prepared to look identical to real-life objects. Master pastry chefs create masterpieces and celebrities must determine from a distance whether its a baked good or the real thing — whether it's a shoe, a plant, or a doorknob. And once they decide, there’s only one way to find out: by taking a big bite.

Based on the original format, the Dutch local version Showcolade (meaning “Chocolate show”) will have arrangements unique to the Netherlands as an export titan of chocolate. As the title says, all sweets are created by the leading chocolatiers in the Netherlands, and the only ingredient they can use is chocolate. In the final episode, the winning chocolatier is decided by how many of their works are not found out as a “fake” throughout the series.

The WBITVP deal was unveiled Monday by Mikiko Nishiyama, Nippon TV's md of international business development, who said, "It is an immense honor to once again have WBITVP embrace another one of our crazy, Japanese game shows and deliver it to the world."

The Hollywood Reporter

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posted 4/13/2021

WEEKEND: Easter Egg Hunt
CBS Wins on Basketball Coverage
From The Futon Critic

FOX (2.080 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.6, #1) was back on top in demos on Friday thanks to "WWE SmackDown" (2.080 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.6, #2).

CBS (5.337 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T2) claimed the most-watched network with its trio of "MacGyver" (4.522 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T6), "Magnum P.I." (5.328 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T3) and "Blue Bloods" (6.161 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T3).

Next up was ABC (3.112 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T2) with originals from "Shark Tank" (4.049 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.7, #1) and "20/20" (2.644 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T3).

Meanwhile, NBC (2.643 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.4, #4) opted for a repeat "The Blacklist" (2.022 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.3, #8) and a new "Dateline NBC" (2.954 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T6).

And finally, The CW (0.822 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.1, #5) rounded out the evening with "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" (0.914 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.2, #9), another "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" (0.870 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.1, #T10) and a new "Penn & Teller: Fool Us" (0.751 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.1, #T10).

Cable numbers for Friday....
- RuPaul's Drag Race (VH1): 623k/0.24
- People Puzzler (GSN): 470k/0.04
- RuPaul's Drag Race Untucked (VH1): 415k/0.15

CBS (5.564 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T1) was the top draw on Sunday thanks to a PGA overrun fueled "60 Minutes" (9.430 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.2, #1) followed by repeats of "The Equalizer" (5.627 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T3), "NCIS: Los Angeles" (3.895 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T6) and "NCIS: New Orleans" (3.302 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T10).

ABC (5.098 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T1) shared in the demo honors with originals from "America's Funniest Home Videos" (4.907 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T3), "American Idol" (5.941 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.7, #2) and "The Rookie" (3.601 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T6).

Next up was NBC (1.492 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T3) with "Ellen's Game of Games" (1.492 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T15), another "Ellen's Game of Games" (1.613 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T10) and new episodes of "Zoey's Extraordinary Playlist" (1.402 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T10) and "Good Girls" (1.460 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T10).

Meanwhile, FOX (1.000 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T3) offered up a repeat "The Simpsons" (0.642 million viewers, #17; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T15) plus originals from "Bless the Harts" (0.717 million viewers, #16; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T15), "The Simpsons" (1.178 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T6), "The Great North" (0.993 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T10), "Bob's Burgers" (1.171 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T6) and "Family Guy" (1.298 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.5, #5).

And finally, The CW (0.420 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.1, #5) closed out the evening with fresh installments of "Batwoman" (0.500 million viewers, #18; adults 18-49: 0.1, #T18) and "Charmed" (0.339 million viewers, #19; adults 18-49: 0.1, #T18).

Cable numbers for Saturday...
- Nickelodeon's Unfiltered (Nick-at-Nite): 161k/0.04

Cable numbers for Sunday...
- Tournament of Champions (Food): 1.387m/0.33
- Tournament of Champions Postgame (Food): 752k/0.19
- The Great Food Truck Race (SF/Food): 677k/0.16

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posted 4/13/2021

Tuesday Lightning Round
... or "A Lot of Idol Going On Here..."

  • American Idol: who's in next week? (Billboard) And more importantly... Who's out? (People)

  • Ninja Warrior producer Arthur Smith could lose $35 million and there isn't a thing he can do about it. (Deadline)

  • CASTING COUCH: Family Feud Canada is casting for season 3 (Daily Hive)

  • BRUTALLY HONEST REVIEW: "I Can See Your Voice UK" (Radio Times)

  • A sign that things are slowly getting back to normal. "The Price Is Right Live!" is going back on the road. First stop is.. Cedar Rapids (KGAN Cedar Rapids)

  • Miss any of "Race to the Center of the Earth"? Disney+ will stream the season May 14 (Deadline)

  • VIDEO WALL: Aaron Rodgers gives someone the business today on "Jeopardy!" (TV Line)

  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with Howie Mandel and his podcast (Forbes)

posted 4/13/2021

NIKKI GRAHAME: 1982-2021
"Big Brother" UK Alumnus & Reality Star
From The Wrap

Nikki Grahame, a former reality TV star and “Big Brother U.K.” contestant, has died at the age of 38 after a long and public battle with anorexia.

According to a GoFundMe page set up in Grahame’s name earlier this year after she was hospitalized due to her condition, Grahame died early Friday. No other details were provided.

“It breaks our hearts to know that someone who is so precious was taken from us at such a young age,” the page reads. “Nikki not only touched the lives of millions of people, but also her friends and family who will miss her immensely.”

Grahame first appeared on the seventh season of “Big Brother U.K.” in 2006, later returning for “Ultimate Big Brother” and “Big Brother Canada.” She also starred in her own “Simple Life”-esque reality series, “Princess Nikki,” which ran on E4 for six episodes in 2006.

Grahame has spoken publicly about her battle with anorexia nervosa in the past, including authoring two books on the subject, “Dying To Be Thin” in 2009 and “Fragile” in 2012. She first developed the eating disorder as a child and was hospitalized multiple times throughout her youth.

Grahame’s mother told the Evening Standard that her daughter’s condition deteriorated in the last year after the onset of the coronavirus pandemic closed gyms in the U.K.

Funds donated to the GoFundMe to help pay for Grahame’s treatment will now be held “until we have established an organization supporting those suffering from anorexia to which we will make a donation in Nikki’s memory,” the page now reads. The page has raised more than £69,000, close to $100,000 US.

“I am so desperately sad to hear about Nikki Graham,” Davina McCall, host of Grahame’s season of “Big Brother,” wrote on Twitter on Saturday. “My thoughts are with her friends and family xx she really was the funniest, most bubbly sweetest girl.”

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posted 4/12/2021

Oti Mabuse: From Strictly to Masked
"Strictly" Pro Joins Panel of "Masked Dancer UK"
From Telly Mix

Oti Mabuse will be guessing the identities of mystery celebrity dancers in The Masked Dancer on ITV.

A spin-off from The Masked Singer, The Masked Dancer will come to the UK later this year.

Strictly star Oti Mabuse will join the panel alongside Jonathan Ross, Mo Gilligan and Davina McCall as Joel Dommett presents.

Appearing on tonight's The Jonathan Ross Show, Oti chats to Jonathan about the new series.

Oti says: “I’m hoping I can [guess who they are]. It’s aired in America and has been really successful. So I watched that one.

"Actually the more established dancers or accomplished dancers, they fake it at the beginning, they want to come across as though they’re bad, but likeable and then they make it further... but I think you can see what they’re going to do.”

Jonathan notes to Oti: “I can see you’re going to take this quite seriously?”

Oti replies: “I will try. I’m really, really bad at game shows, but dance shows, not too bad. We’ll see... I’ll Google them from the clues."

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posted 4/12/2020

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Another Changing of the Guard
Dr. Oz Steps Aside for Aaron Rodgers
From Yahoo! Sports

Aaron Rodgers knows what he wants.

What he wants is to be the full-time "Jeopardy" host.

The Green Bay Packers quarterback made his broadcast debut on Monday as a guest host on the game show long hosted by the late Alex Trebek. His stint is a two-week run.

He told the Pat McAfee Show on Monday that he'd like to eventually take the role on a full-time basis. He'd even go clean-shaven if he had to.

"If that was a pre-req to get the full-time gig, no problem with it at all," Rodgers said.

When asked to clarify if he was campaigning for the full-time job, Rodgers said this: "I would love to be the host of 'Jeopardy,' yes," Rodgers said.

For now, Rodgers is one of a slate of scheduled guest hosts that includes a heavy dose of TV news anchors and experts including CNN's Anderson Cooper and Dr. Sanjay Gupta and NBC's Savannah Guthrie.

For now, "Jeopardy" hasn't named a full-time replacement for Trebek, who died died in November after a 37-year run as the face of the show.

Also, Rodgers has a job. At 37 years old, he may be on the back end of his NFL career. But he's also the reigning league MVP and doesn't appear to be on the verge of retirement any time soon — even if his long-term future with the Packers and in football remains "a beautiful mystery."

How did Rodgers prepare for his two-week run as "Jeopardy!" guest host? Even though he has watched hundreds of episodes and was a celebrity contestant in 2015, he went back to the film.

"I watched hours and hours and hours of episodes," Rodgers said in a phone interview Friday. "Luckily Netflix has a few seasons, and I went back to DVR. But I had to watch from a different perspective -- from Alex's perspective. I couldn't watch it as a fan anymore.

"I took pages and pages and pages of notes. I wrote down every affirmative that he said to any type of clue. I wrote down how he would respond if they didn't get it right. I wrote down beat points of the show. I wrote down all the different ways he would take it to break. I wrote down the stuff that he said coming out of break. Literally, I studied for this like no other. I wanted to absolutely just crush it."

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posted 4/12/2020

Sally Lindsay Joins Tenable
"Coronation Street" Actress to Sub for Warwick Davis This Season
From Entertainment Daily

Tenable is getting a new host, former Coronation Street star Sally Lindsay.

The ITV daytime quiz show is usually hosted by Warwick Davis, but Sally will step in to host some episodes.

When will Sally Lindsay start hosting Tenable and why is Warwick taking a break?

Sally, who is currently appearing in Channel 5 drama Intruder, will be seen in Tenable from Monday April 12 and will host 25 episodes of the show.

Upon signing up for hosting duties, Sally revealed she reached out to Warwick for some advice. “He said just be in tune with the people, it is the public who make this show what it is,” Sally said.

The 47-year-old actress also revealed why Warwick is now sharing the presenting role with Sally. “I’m a huge fan of Tenable and am delighted I’m able to share the presenting responsibilities with Warwick,” she said. “The demands of his workload meant that he wasn’t able to record every show in the series.”

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posted 4/12/2021

Monday Lightning Round
... or "What If I Told You...."

  • "American Gladiators" gets the "30 for 30" treatment (Deadline)

  • Sheryl Underwood returns to "The Talk" today (Deadline)

  • "Tough as Nails" to film season 3 this summer (Reality Blurred)

posted 4/12/2021


We Ready! Tiffany Haddish, Lilly Singh to Play "Price At Night"
Catch Them on CBS April 21, April 28
From CBS Chicago

CBS’ top-rated daytime game show The Price Is Right, hosted by Drew Carey, returns to primetime this spring on the CBS Television Network when The Price Is Right At Night welcomes Tiffany Haddish and Lilly Singh to “Come On Down” and play alongside contestants for charity.

On Wednesday, April 21st from 8:00-9:00 PM, ET/PT late night talk show host Lilly Singh will play for “Room To Read,” the non-profit helping millions of kids in low-income communities become independent readers and supporting girls to complete school with the skills and confidence to follow their dreams. Lilly and contestants will have the opportunity to play fan favorite games, including Cliff Hangers, for amazing prizes such as trip to St. Lucia and a Mercedes. Plus, she will present one lucky contestant with a special themed showcase.

The following week on Wednesday, April 28th from 8:00-9:00 PM, ET/PT Emmy and GRAMMY Award-winning actress, comedian and host of Kids Say The Darndest Things Tiffany Haddish will play for the “She Ready Foundation” which supports foster youth. Tiffany and contestants will test their knowledge of prices for amazing prizes including cash, trips and cars. Plus, one lucky contestant will have the opportunity to win a Tesla in a special themed showcase presented by Tiffany. As previously announced, Kids Say The Darndest Things premieres Wednesday, May 5th from 8:00-9:00 PM, ET/PT on CBS.

You can also catch the fun streaming on Paramount+. Check your local listings for more information.

CBS Chicago

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posted 4/9/2020

Any Magic in Your Mike?
HBO Max, Channing Tatum Looks for "The Real Magic Mike"
From The Futon Critic

HBO Max has ordered THE REAL MAGIC MIKE (working title), an unscripted competition series from Eureka Productions and Warner Bros. Unscripted Television in association with Warner Horizon, set to debut on the streamer later this year.

From the producers behind the Magic Mike franchise and live shows comes an exhilarating and sexy series that will transform a group of men into real-life Magic Mikes. 10 men who have 'lost their magic' will come together in a competition series like no other. They will bare their souls and more as they evolve their bodies, learn to perform spectacular routines, and develop a new level of self-confidence. As they strip off their clothes, they will rid themselves of emotional baggage and regain their mojo but only one will be the Real Magic Mike. He will win a cash prize and an opportunity to perform on the blockbuster Magic Mike Live stage in Las Vegas.

A nationwide casting search is currently underway.

"From box office hits to sold-out live shows, Magic Mike has proven to be a pop culture juggernaut that continues to delight people across the globe," said Sarah Aubrey, Head of Original Content, HBO Max. "We're excited to work with Channing, Steven and the team behind Magic Mike Live to continue this successful franchise that celebrates self-confidence and sexiness both inside and out."

"Magic Mike is one of Warner Bros.' most iconic franchises," said Mike Darnell, President, Warner Bros. Unscripted Television. "We couldn't be more excited to be working with Channing, Steven and HBO Max on an all-new vision of this amazing and legendary brand. We're looking forward to giving fans a front row seat as we search the country for undiscovered talent."

Executive producers include Channing Tatum, Steven Soderbergh, Reid Carolin, Peter Kiernan, Gregory Jacobs, Nick Wechsler, Vincent Marini, Alycia Rossiter, Cassie Lambert Scalettar, Chris Culvenor, Paul Franklin, Wes Dening and David Tibballs alongside co-executive producer Kevin Boyer.

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posted 4/9/2021

THURSDAY: Rebel Yell
ABC Wins, Splits Total with NBC
From Us Magazine

ABC (4.312 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T1) was the most-watched network on Thursday thanks to new episodes of "Station 19" (4.691 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T4) and "Grey's Anatomy" (4.687 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T1) plus the premiere of "Rebel" (3.557 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T9).

NBC (4.181 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T1) shared in the demo honors with its lineup of "Manifest" (3.119 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T9), "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" (4.733 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T1) and "Law & Order: Organized Crime" (4.691 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.8, #3).

Next up was CBS (4.241 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T3) with originals from "Young Sheldon" (6.632 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T4), "United States of Al" (5.159 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T7), "Mom" (4.704 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T7), "B Positive" (3.734 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T11) and "Clarice" (2.609 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T13).

FOX (2.057 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T3) likewise offered up new episodes of "Hell's Kitchen" (2.455 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T4), "Last Man Standing" (2.185 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T11) and "The Moodys" (1.131 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T13).

And finally, new episodes from "Walker" (1.066 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.2, #15) and "Legacies" (0.521 million viewers, #16; adults 18-49: 0.1, #16) closed out the evening on The CW (0.794 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.2, #5).

Cable numbers for Thursday....
- Wipeout (TBS): 892k/0.30
- Beat Bobby Flay (Food): 796k/0.20
- Top Chef Portland (SP/Bravo): 735k/0.25
- Battlebots: Bounty Hunters (P/Discovery): 553k/0.10

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posted 4/9/2021

Vernon Kay's Got "Talents"
Mindgame Host to Front UK Version
From Telly Mix

In Game of Talents performers will entertain and amaze. But there’s a catch – the viewers and the contestants have no idea what those talents are. Can they tell the fire eater from the footballer or the line dancer from the lion tamer?

Vernon Kay hosts this brand-new ITV series in which two contestants will battle it out each week to guess the talents, as they compete for the chance to win a life changing sum of money. Two celebrities will help them to make the right decisions before the performers "Show us your talent."

In the first episode this Saturday night (10 April) at 7:30PM on ITV, Ryan and TV presenter Tess Daly face off with Shumi and Strictly judge Craig Revel Horwood.

Each episode begins with a list of eight talents before one performer at a time steps on stage. Contestants and their celebrity partners must try to correctly identify their talent based on little more than some cryptic clues. Get it right and they can bank up to £50,000 for their jackpot - but get it wrong and the cash will go to their rivals.

At the end of seven rounds the player with the most banked cash goes through to the final to try and win their accumulated jackpot. In the final they know the talent of the performer - but are faced with four people all claiming to be the act. Before attempting to guess which of the four has the talent, players can choose to eliminate two imposters by giving up half of their jackpot. Ultimately if they correctly pick the person with the talent they'll win the money left in their jackpot. Get it wrong and they leave with nothing.

Vernon Kay says: "It’s this combination of a game show and a talent show. A celebrity and a member of the public team up to form a double act, and there’s two teams like that who are facing off. A performer will then come through our big double doors and the teams have to guess which talent from a list they’re going to perform."

He teases of the line up of acts: "I can say that they’re absolutely unbelievable, every last one of them is spectacular.

"I can’t say what they’re going to be doing, but we’ve got a bit of everything and anything, some really unexpected, showstopping performances. The audience is going to be shouting “What?!” at the screen so many times, they won’t believe what they’re seeing.".

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posted 4/9/2021

Happy Friday Lightning Round
... or "Beat Bobby Flay's Cat Food"

  • Bobby Flay gets into the cat food game (Deadline)

  • Sports Jeopardy!: a look back (Sports Illustrated)

  • Justin Timberlake signs on to play Chuck Barris for Apple TV+ (Collider)

posted 4/9/2021


ABC Lines Up Biggest SF&G Lineup Yet
The Hustler, The Chase Join Annual Block
From DEadline

ABC has unveiled its summer unscripted schedule and it looks like things are back to normal after last year’s Covid interruption.

The Disney-owned network has renewed gameshows including The Chase and The Hustler and has confirmed that Bachelor in Paradise will return this summer after missing out in 2020. Chris Harrison's involvement in the show remains TBD.

The network’s slate of classic gameshow reboots such as Celebrity Family Feud, To Tell the Truth, Press Your Luck, The $100,000 Pyramid and Card Sharks are also back alongside new shows The Celebrity Dating Game, hosted by Zooey Deschanel and Michael Bolton, and The Ultimate Surfer. The Bachelorette, which ABC revealed recently will have two iterations, this year, is also set on the schedule for June with Katie Thurston kicking off proceedings.

Rob Mills, EVP, Unscripted and Alternative Entertainment, Walt Disney Television, told Deadline that he was thrilled to be able to get so many shows on this summer. “The year before the pandemic, we had made a play to really program summer like we programmed the rest of the year and have original programming on almost every night. Then things kind of got slowed down with the pandemic and we had to pull some of our shows last summer. Now the fact that we can produce all these shows and we’re going to have new original programming on almost the entire summer, it feels great.”

The Chase, an adaptation of the British gameshow from ITV Entertainment, is back with a second season. The show launched in January with nine episodes and Deadline reports that the second season has received a supersized order. This comes after the producers and the WGA settled their dispute which had led to a writers’ strike. “The Chase is one of those ones we wanted to get back on as soon as possible because we really want the momentum of that format to keep going,” said Mills. “Hopefully you’ll see million dollar final chases in this second cycle. But we really are high on that format. We’re excited with how it did this winter and we’re glad we can bring it back so quickly.”

Similarly, The Hustler, hosted by Craig Ferguson and based on an idea from Richard Bacon, is back after its launch in January. The show, which is produced by Studio Lambert, follows five contestants as they collaborate to answer a series of 10 trivia questions worth $10,000 each, with the goal of building a collective prize pot that increases with each correct answer but there’s a twist.

“Outside of things like Holey Moley, we’re known for our reboots of old franchises,” said Mills. “So, it was really exciting that Steven Lambert came in with something that felt kind of wholly original and something that we could make new and make work.”

Holey Moley is back this summer with one of its two season order.

The lineup...
- June 6: Celebrity Family Feud (season 7, 6p), The Chase (season 2, 9p), To Tell the Truth (season 6, 10p)
- June 7: The Bachelorette (season 15, 8p)
- June 9: Press Your Luck (season 3, 8p), The $100,000 Pyramid (season 4, 9p), Card Sharks (season 3, 10p)
- June 14: The Celebrity Dating Game (10p)
- June 17: Holey Moley 3D in 2D (season 3, 9p), The Hustler (season 2, 10p)
- August 16: Bachelor in Paradise (season 5, 8p), The Ultimate Surfer (10p)

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posted 4/8/2020


Fox Also Has a Summer Lineup
Annual Favorite Make Up the Boards
From Deadline

Fox has unveiled its summer schedule, setting premiere dates for Rob Lowe-hosted Mental Samurai (May 25), Hell’s Kitchen Young Guns (May 31), Season 2 of Lego Masters with Will Arnett (June 1), Masterchef: Legends (June 2) and Season 4 of Beat Shazam (June 3), hosted by Jamie Foxx.

They join previously announced dates for new baking competition series Crime Scene Kitchen hosted by Joel McHale, which premieres May 26, animated comedy Housebroken and the second season time-period premiere of Duncanville (May 31).

A reboot of the classic drama Fantasy Island will premiere this August. Additional details to be announced.

Mental Samurai, hosted by Lowe, will have a special two-hour Season 2 premiere on Tuesday, May 25 (8:00-10:00 PM ET/PT), before making its time-period premiere on Tuesday, June 1 (9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT).

Chef Gordon Ramsay is back for hit culinary competition Hell’s Kitchen‘s landmark 20th season on May 31 at 8 PM ET/PT. In Hell’s Kitchen: Young Guns, Ramsay is back in Las Vegas, home to five of Ramsay’s restaurants.

The lineup...
- May 25: Mental Samurai (season 2, 8p)
- May 26: Crime Scene Kitchen (9p)
- May 31: Hell's Kitchen Young Guns (season 20, 8p)
- June 1: LEGO Masters (season 2, 8p)
- June 2: MasterChef: Legends (season 11, 8p)
- June 3: Beat Shazam (season 4, 8p)

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posted 4/8/2020

WEDNESDAY: CW's Kung Fu Kicks
Fox, NBC Split the Night
From The Futon Critic

FOX (3.448 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.9, #1) claimed the demo crown on Wednesday thanks to fresh installments of "The Masked Singer" (4.514 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.1, #1) and "Game of Talents" (2.381 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T5).

NBC (6.261 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.7, #2) was the silver draw with its trio of "Chicago Med" (6.633 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.8, #2), "Chicago Fire" (6.425 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T3) and "Chicago PD" (5.725 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T3).

Next up was ABC (2.846 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.5, #3) and its mix of "The Goldbergs" (3.234 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T5), the premiere of "Home Economics" (2.968 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.5, #9), "The Conners" (3.222 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T5), a second "The Conners" (3.232 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T5) and the relocated "A Million Little Things" (2.211 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T10).

Meanwhile, CBS (3.152 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.4, #4) offered up originals from "Tough as Nails" (2.932 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T10), "SEAL Team" (3.473 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T10) and "S.W.A.T." (3.051 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T10).

And finally, the launch of "Kung Fu" (1.373 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.2, #14) and a new "Nancy Drew" (0.666 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.1, #15) rounded out the night on The CW (1.020 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.2, #5).

Cable numbers for Wednesday....
- The Challenge: Double Agents (MTV): 904k/0.49
- Guy's Grocery Games Delivery (Food): 637/0.18
- Forged in Fire (History): 620k/0.17
- Ultimate Cowboy Showdown (INSP) 466k/0.03

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posted 4/8/2021

Don't.... Won't.
ABC Cancels Stunt Game After One Season
From TV Line

Don’t… won’t, be back for Season 2.

The Adam Scott-hosted ABC game show — home of the aggressively cast contestant “families” and executive producer Ryan Reynolds’ Deadpool-sassy voiceover — has been cancelled after one summertime sampling.

Following a solid-for-summer debut, Don’t‘s June-August 2020 run averaged 3 million weekly viewers and nearly a 0.6 demo rating (in Live+Same Day numbers). Among the game shows ABC aired last TV season, it ranked No. 4 in the demo (besting both To Tell the Truth and Match Game) but last in total audience.

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posted 4/8/2021

Singer from "Romeo+Juliet" an "American Idol" Alum
From The Wrap

Quindon Tarver, a musician and former child star best known for his appearance in Baz Luhrmann’s “Romeo + Juliet,” died after a car accident in Texas on April 1. He was 38.

Tarver was born in 1982 in McKinney, Texas, and started singing in church choirs at four years old. At age 12, Tarver was signed to Virgin Records and appeared in Madonna’s “Like a Prayer” music video. He then went on to play a choirboy in Luhrmann’s 1996 cult classic “Romeo + Juliet,” contributing two covers to the film’s soundtrack: Prince’s “When Doves Cry” and Rozalla’s “Everybody’s Free.”

After “Romeo + Juliet,” Tarver went on to appear on Seasons 2 and 7 of “American Idol.”

“He had been through so much,” his uncle Kevin Tarver told The Dallas Morning News after his death. “But his focus was on his music. He was getting ready to make his comeback. He had been in the studio working on a project that was supposed to be released this year.”

The Wrap
Dallas Morning NEws

posted 4/8/2021

JAMES HAMPTON: 1938-2021
"F Troop" Alum Made the Rounds
From The Wrap

James Hampton, an actor perhaps best recognized from roles in “F Troop,” “The Longest Yard” and “Teen Wolf,” has died from complications of Parkinson’s disease. He was 84.

Hampton, who passed away on Wednesday at his home in Texas, is survived by his wife, Mary, along with his children, James, Andrea and Frank, and his grandchildren.

Hampton was nominated for a Golden Globe for his role as “Caretaker” in the original “Longest Yard.” Also from that film came a longtime friendship with co-star Burt Reynolds, which led to multiple new career opportunities, including writing, directing and producing duties on Reynolds’ “Evening Shade.” Hampton would go on to direct episodes of “Sister, Sister” and “Grace Under Fire.”

Hampton was born in Oklahoma City and raised in Dallas. He attended North Texas State College (now the University of North Texas), where he majored in speech and drama and appeared in a number of productions at the school. An Army veteran who served in Europe, Hampton’s first Hollywood acting role was on “Gunsmoke,” which was the No. 1 TV show in the country at the time. He’d famously play tone-deaf bugler (a person who plays the bugle) Hannibal Dobbs on “F Troop.”

Hampton’s list of TV credits is a long one that includes roles on “Who’s The Boss,” “Mama’s Family,” “The Bob Newhart Show” and “Rawhide.”

He made more than 30 appearances on Johnny Carson’s “Tonight Show.” Hampton, who played Michael J. Fox’s father Harold Howard in “Teen Wolf,” also had big-screen roles in the movies “Sling Blade” and “Police Academy V."

In the game show realm, Hampton appeared on "The Cross-Wits", "Super Password", and "Now You See It".

The Wrap
NBC News

posted 4/8/2021

Fox Orders Cooking Competition with Joel McHale
From Deadline

Fox has ordered Crime Scene Kitchen, a new baking competition series with a twist, with Joel McHale set as host. Chef Curtis Stone and cake artist Yolanda Gampp will serve as judges on the series, from Fox Alternative Entertainment and Fly on the Wall Entertainment, set to premiere Wednesday, May 26 on Fox.

Crime Scene Kitchen is described as a culinary guessing game in which bakers must decode what type of dessert was made, when all that’s left are the crumbs, flour trails and a few elusive clues. They must then recreate the recipe for Stone and Gampp, who will determine how closely it matches the missing dessert – and how good it tastes.

“Crime Scene Kitchen is unlike any cooking show out there,” said Rob Wade, President, Alternative Entertainment and Specials, Fox Entertainment. “It’s a truly original format with amazing baking creations, a brilliant play-along guessing game for the whole family, and Joel at the center of it all bringing hilarity at every turn. Just don’t watch it if you’re feeling hungry!”.


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posted 4/8/2021

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Project Runway Returns... But...
Karlie Kloss Won't Be On Full Time
From TV Line

Bravo is projecting a few less runways in Karlie Kloss‘ future.

The network officially confirmed on Wednesday that Project Runway has been renewed for Season 19, but Kloss — who has served as host of the reality competition series since its mo

ve from Lifetime to Bravo in 2019 — will not return in her full capacity. She will, however, make “guest appearances” throughout the season. Fortunately, not everything is changing. Project Runway Season 4 winner Christian Siriano will be back for his third consecutive turn as the designers’ all-knowing mentor, while Nina Garcia, Brandon Maxwell and Elaine Welteroth will also return to complete the judges’ panel.

Project Runway Season 18 finished airing in March 2020 (simpler times!), with Geoffrey Mac emerging as the winner. “It’s been an incredible ride, and I wouldn’t change it for the world,” he said of his big win. As for what’s next, he added, “I’m going to take a break. I’m going to take at least four days off… in a row.”

A premiere date for Season 19, as well as information about the hosting situation, remains TBD.

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Reality Blurred

posted 4/8/2020

TUESDAY: Dogged by the Competition
CBS Wins with Originals, Pooch Perfect Takes a Sharp Dive
From TV Line

In the latest TV show ratings, CBS’ NCIS dominated Tuesday both in total viewers (with 9.9 million of ’em) as well as in the demo, holding steady with a 0.9 rating. Leading out of that, FBI (7.9 mil/0.7) was down a tick, but FBI: Most Wanted (6.4 mil/0.6) drew its largest audience of the season while steady in the demo


NBC | Leading out of a steady Young Rock (2.6 mil/0.5) and Kenan (1.9 mil/0.4), This Is Us (4.4 mil/0.7) slipped to new series lows. New Amsterdam (3.5 mil/0.4), however, was steady.

THE CW | The Flash (992K/0.3) ticked up, while Supergirl (698K/0.1) was steady.

ABC | Pooch Perfect (2.5 mil/0.4) dropped sharply in Week 2, facing stiffer competition; black-ish (1.6 mil/0.3) and mixed-ish (1.5 mil/0.3) were in turn also down, both hitting series lows. Soul of a Nation (1.3 mil/0.2) was steady with its finale.

Cable numbers for Tuesday....
- Chopped (Food): 756k/0.22

- Chain Reaction (GSN): 537k/0.05
- People Puzzler (GSN): 518k/0.06
- Temptation Island (USA): 516k/0.23
- Nick Cannon Presents Wild'n Out - 8:30p (VH1): 199k/0.10
- Nick Cannon Presents Wild'n Out - 8p (VH1): 186k/0.09

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Showbuzz Daily

posted 4/7/2021

Thursday Lightning Round
... or "Monday Through Friday at 5"

  • Where in the World Is Carmen Sandiego? 30 years later - and the writer probably didn't even watch the DefunctTV episode that just dropped (Rewire)

  • Rob Lowe drops $47 million on three mansions. (Report Door)

  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with Tiffany "New York" Pollard (TV Line)

posted 4/8/2021

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